As the current unprecedented situation continues to persist, as a Certified Meeting Professional designated by the Events Industry Council, I’d like to provide you with access to some resources about the ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. In addition to these, please follow all WHO and CDC-advised measures for hand washing and sanitation, as well as, stay home if you’re not feeling well. The information in the below links is updated on a regular basis, so make sure to check it frequently. We hope you find it helpful and we want to wish you a safe virtual event.

COVID-19 resources

The global events industry, representing over 26 million professionals, builds community and drives innovation, workforce development and education. It is vital and will play a pivotal role in the world’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

We are, at our core as human beings, called to connect face to face. We share our stories and our journeys to create welcoming environments and meaningful, life affirming experiences through these face-to-face experiences.

We are resilient. We are better when we face adversity and align and with a unified voice around the power of events.

The following resources were collected and curated to help from



Moving online: How to transition your live event to an engaging virtual experience

Discussion of Critical Insurance and Legal Considerations for Event Professionals

An industry discussion on COVID-19 and PCMA coverage of webinar


Economic impact research

The economic impact of the events industry is significant. On a total GDP basis, the global events industry is as large as the 13th largest global economy. Based on business sales, the business events sector is larger than consumer electronics and computers, and office equipment.

The 2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events study, commissioned by the Events Industry Council and conducted by Oxford Economics, reveals:

  • 1.5 billion people worldwide participate in business events annually
  • $2.5 trillion (USD) in direct and indirect spending as a result of business events
  • $1.5 trillion (USD) in global GDP contribution
  • 26 million people have direct or indirect jobs in this industry
  • $704 (USD) average spending by business events participants


Access our fact sheets: The global power of the events industry, which examines the impact in AfricaAsiaCentral and Eastern EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanMiddle EastNorth America and Western Europe.

Aon: A Look at How a Pandemic Can Affect an Economy

McKinsey & Company: COVID-19 and Implications for Business

MPI COVID-19 Survey


Global member and industry partner resources

Our industry represents 26 million event professionals around the world. The following compilation of resources represents the passion and activities of many of our member organisations and peers.


Member organisations

American Hotel & Lodging Association: COVID-19 Resource Center

American Society of Association Executives Issue Roundup: Coronavirus Disease

Destinations International Response and Recovery Hub

HSMAI Insights: A Revenue Leader’s Response and Best Practice in a Crisis

IAVM: Coronavirus Updates for Venue Managers

International Association of Exhibitions and Events COVID-19 Resource Center

International Congress and Convention Association: COVID-19 Status Updates

International Exhibition Logistics Association Statement/Resources

Meetings Professional International Coronavirus Resources

PCMA Coronavirus News and Resources

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence COVID-19 Flipboard

U.S. Travel Association Toolkit

U.S. Travel Association CARES Act Relief Resources



Industry and trade media, as well as mainstream media around the world, are reporting on this issue. The following list provides a sampling of media coverage but is not intended to be comprehensive.

Airfare Watchdog’s List of COVID-19 Flight Cancellations by Region and Airline

ASAE’s Associations Now

Business Travel News

Destinations International Blog: COVID-19 Resource Hub

International Association of Venue Managers Industry Blog

Meetings Today

Northstar Meetings Group

Northstar Meetings Group: Latest Industry Statements, Resources and Responses to Coronavirus

PCMA: COVID-19: Is Your Event Covered?

Smart Meetings Coronavirus Resource Guide

Trade Show News Network

MPI’s The Meeting Professional: Special Report on Novel Coronavirus

MPI Blog

New York Times: Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Across the Globe

Travel Weekly


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